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Information, snapshots of learning, and resources showing how teachers are using technologies to support collaboration, personalising learning, and authentic learning experiences within the social sciences learning area.

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Future focus in the social sciences
Secondary teacher Richard Brudvik-Lindner explains how he uses a future focus to help students think about their learning in a different way, resulting in improvements in achievement and engagement.

ANZAC day: e-Learning resources
Resources to help teachers plan for and assist student understanding about ANZAC day.

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Geocaching was used at Papatoetoe High School to strengthen students’ ‘learning to learn’ capabilities, and deepen teachers’ understandings of effective teaching.  

Tags: Cross-curricular, Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Utilities/tools/gadgets, Lower secondary, Secondary


Students at Ashburton Netherby School used ICT technologies to share aspects of their learning.

Tags: Assessment, Social sciences, Communication, Multimedia – audio/music/sound, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary


Students at Somerville Intermediate School enhanced the presentation of their work about virtues using YouTube.

Tags: Social sciences, Multimedia – video, Primary, Upper primary

Blogger and Scribd

Students at Hinuera School in Matamata used Blogger and Scribd to support inquiry focused learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Blogging, Publishing, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

MimioStudio Notebook

Students at Ashburton Netherby School used information and communication technologies to support an inquiry focused approach to learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary

Movie Maker and PowerPoint

Students at Howick College increased their motivation to learn and their ownership of the learning process by using the multimedia tools Movie Maker and PowerPoint, and other mobile technologies.

Tags: Social sciences, BYOD, iPads, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Secondary, Upper secondary

Raising student achievement

Polyfest provided Mangere College with the opportunity to re-think curriculum planning and design to improve student achievement results for NCEA.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Science, Social sciences, The Arts, Visual arts, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Secondary, Upper secondary

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A free online collection of virtual field trips to locations in New Zealand and Antarctica. The trips take an inquiry-based approach within science, social sciences, and the arts for both primary and secondary schools.

Social Sciences Online
Research, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help students understand how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.

The New Zealand Curriculum Online: Social sciences
An outline of the social sciences learning area structure. This section of New Zealand Curriculum Online provides an outline of the social sciences learning area structure, achievement objectives, and information. 

Making language and learning work
The Making Language and Learning Work DVDs demonstrate how to effectively integrate content-area teaching and language learning in mainstream subject classrooms for students from diverse language backgrounds. They show how to integrate effective literacy strategies, and how a range of teachers in different subject areas scaffold language and content area learning. The materials model how to personalise learning by supporting students at different levels of English proficiency in a manageable way in mainstream classes.

Walking Access Mapping System WAMS
A free-to-use, online tool that displays publicly accessible land across New Zealand to view high quality topographic maps and aerial imagery, overlaid with recreation information provided by partner organisations.

Statistics New Zealand maps including data relating to population, dwellings, electorates, etc.

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